SUNDERLAND goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has gone out on a season-long loan to Bradford City.
The 20-year-old – who was at Carlisle United last season – will get the chance to further his League One education when the Bantams kick-off their new campaign against Coventry City next month.
The Washington-born stopper – who has been with Sunderland since the age of eight – remains a highly-regarded prospect at the Academy of Light, and signed a new four-year contract with the Black Cats just this summer.
But with last season’s No1, Vito Mannone, being chosen as Sunderland’s 2013-14 player of the season, and with Costel Pantilimon having been brought in from Premier League champions Manchester City, Pickford’s chances of first-team football with his hometown club are going to be negligible.
The England Under-19 keeper has been a regular for the Under-21s in recent seasons. but he has also had loan spells to Darlington, Alfreton and Burton Albion.